Category: Personal

38 Things I’ve Learned In 38 Years

I’ve learned many things in my 38 rotations around the sun. Well, I’ve learned 38 things; no more, no less. These are the 38 things I’ve learned in 38 years. Self/Development Negative emotions can be felt without being reacted to It’s fine to outgrow people, including and most importantly, past

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What Is Non-Reactive Parenting?

Non-reactive parenting isn’t an absence of reaction. I’m not over here asking caregivers to be zombies. Non-reactive parenting is reacting strategically. It’s reacting neutrally when kids are being jerks (yeah, I said it) and reacting happily to children’s positive behavior. Non-reactive parenting is going off autopilot where adult feelings are

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8 Lessons Taylor Swift Taught Me as a Content Creator

Taylor Swift’s latest albums, Folkore and Evermore, aren’t only perfectly vibed masterpieces that I can’t stop bopping to. These albums are straight up professional development tools. They’re my own personal Lean In-esque musical manifesto, offering insights that invigorate me as a blogger and content creator. Folklore and Evermore direct me to

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My 2021 New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions already get a bad rap. It seems both arbitrary and basic to equate a turn in the calendar with getting our lives together. New Year’s resolutions inspire hope. And I need that hope now more than ever. The little girl who loved the start of a new

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Lessons Learned From Two Years of Blogging

I can’t believe all the lessons learned from two years of blogging. This time has flown by. Wasn’t it yesterday that Ish Mom was a gleam in my eye, then a loud intruder that kept me up nights and dominated all my thoughts? Now she’s toddling on fat little legs,

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Myka Stauffer, Rachel Hollis, and Curated Imperfection

Myka Stauffer and Rachel Hollis are lifestyle/family/self-help gurus. Both have been rocked by recent scandals. Stauffer, a Mommy Vlogger with millions of subscribers between her YouTube channels, admitted to “rehoming” her autistic adopted son. Rachel and Dave Hollis recently announced their divorce. It’s my opinion that Myka’s abandonment of her

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My Pandemic Pregnancy

My pandemic pregnancy is surreal. Pregnancy, in the best of times, is hard. Common issues include mood swings, nausea and vomiting, body aches, fatigue, insomnia, bleeding gums, swelling, and heartburn. Plus, there’s all kinds of weird, less common symptoms, too. Take cholestasis of pregnancy, a liver condition that can trigger

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COVID-19 Quarantine Spring/Summer Bucket List

I typically make seasonal bucket lists, chock full of fun activities and local happenings. Uh, that ain’t happening this spring/summer. With the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic caused by that pesky coronavirus, we’re all stuck in our house. Everything has changed. The way we work (if we’re lucky enough

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My Habit Change Story

Y’all know I’m obsessed with habit change. I read books, peruse studies, and watch countless videos on the subject. When I talk about habit change, I tend to use my children as an example. It’s easier. And the accompanying pictures are cuter. My habit change story is not as cute.

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100th Blog Post Bonanza!

This is the 100th article on Ish Mom. I can hardly believe it. I’ve written over 100,000 words! That’s a freaking novel! And I never really thought I could. Why do I do this? Sit down day after day, and throw words into the internet void? What have I learned

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